In 2013, there were 32,430 corrections officers in the state of New York, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. These officers have an essential role in the justice system, guarding inmates in prison, courtrooms and other locations. In New York, these workers are well-compensated for the work they do.
New York corrections officers undergo a year of training. Corrections officer trainees are paid a salary equal to $39,014 per year in the first 26 weeks of training. In the final 26 weeks, this salary increases to an annual equivalent of $41,037. After completing training, corrections officers receive a starting salary of $46,990 per year. Corrections officers receive annual pay increases, which are dependent upon performance.
New York corrections officers earn competitive wages. The mean hourly wage for corrections officers in New York state was $30.69 per hour as of 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Annually, the BLS states that New York state corrections officers earn $63,840 on average.
Better Than Average
The average New York corrections officer earns more than the national average for corrections officers. The mean wage for American corrections officers was just $21.32 per hour in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. On an annual basis this works out to $44,350 -- about 69 percent of the wage earned by corrections officers in New York, which was the third best paying state for the career in 2013. New York officers' average annual salary was surpassed only by the earnings of officers in California and neighboring New Jersey. California corrections officers earned an average annual salary of $67,330. Across the Hudson River, New Jersey corrections officers are the nation's best paid with an annual salary of $68,910.
Corrections officers in New York have the potential to earn considerably more than average. According to the New York payroll database SeeThroughNY.com, the top earning corrections officer in 2013 earned $166,135. In the same year, 14 New York corrections officers earned in excess of $150,000. According to Business Insider, this is possible due to the wide availability of overtime for New York corrections officers.
To become a New York corrections officers you must be a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years old. You also must be a high school graduate or have a high school equivalency diploma.You must pass a written exam before becoming a corrections officer. You also will need to pass a physical and medical test, drug test, psychological evaluation and background investigation. If you are accepted, you will undergo 12 months of paid training before becoming a corrections officer. Training includes classroom work as well as physical training. During the final week of training you must successfully complete a physical test involving seven sequential job tasks.